William Allen’s work in the Texts and Technology program had an emphasis in Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. He holds an MFA in Web Design and New Media from the Academy of Art University. His current research interests include studying changes in cinematic codes between two-dimensional and 360 cinematic spaces and the impact that has on short-term learning behavior and cognitivism. Portfolio: www.willaallen.com
Camila Alvarez earned her Master of Arts degree in 19th century British and American Literature from Florida Atlantic University. She has taught at Indian River State College since 2003. Students in her composition and literature courses often find themselves working on websites and using technology to enhance their learning experience. Her interests include pedagogy, digital media, gaming, learning environments, and networking learning. Her publications include “On Haunted Shores: Restriction and Resistance in Jennine Capo Crucet’s How to Leave Hialieah” (Women of Florida Fiction: Essays on 12 Sunshine State Writers, 2014) and Effective Communication. Her homepage is: Alvarez.
Dr. Carissa Baker is an Assistant Professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. She studies theme parks and attractions from a variety of perspectives, including their characteristics as art, business, culture, and technology. Her dissertation research was on the theme park as a narrative medium. This project earned recognition including a College Outstanding Dissertation Award and the Texts and Technology Dissertation Research Award; it also contributed to her winning the Order of Pegasus, UCF’s highest student award. Theme parks have been a subject of Dr. Baker’s research for more than two decades. She is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), TEA NextGen, the TEA NextGen Committee, the TEA Academic Network, and the Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society.
Clayton finished his M.S. degree in Technical Writing at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in December of 2010, with a special focus on information architecture, usability, and human factors. His thesis focused on extending Marshal McLuhan’s theories of extension to online identity in order to situate incoming freshman as digital natives, and to argue for the inclusion of critical technology studies in first year composition. Additionally, he obtained a double major in Journalism and Theater from UMN in spring of 2006. Though his background is quite eclectic, a focus of identity has been consistent. His senior project for his theater degree was an instillation piece. The piece took place on the Washington Avenue Bridge at UMN and focused on messenger windows from gay male chatrooms, technological noise, and the disconnect of digital text and physical context.
Landon Kyle Berry is a postdoctoral fellow at the the University of Central Florida Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, where he plans, develops, and implements faculty development programs including course innovation projects using peer review and WAC methodology, Teaching & Learning Days focused on exploring evidence-based pedagogies, and coordinating two annual conferences hosted by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. He also develops and implements training for new faculty; develops and implements training for new graduate teaching associates; and conducts research on active and disciplinary learning spaces, the rhetorical implications of teacher pedagogical, technological, and content knowledge, and the use of emoji by college students across campus.
Jessica is an experienced technical communicator, author, and multi-media manager who has published both in print and online. Her scholarly interests include: technical communication, multimodal communication and distribution, health and medical communications, and telemedicine. Publications include: Instructional Activities, Online Technologies, and Social Community in Online Graduate Student Courses (2017) and Flipping the Script: Creating Mass Change Through Social Networking Sites (2018).
Russell Carpenter is executive director of the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity and associate professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University. He also serves as Summer Coordinator. Carpenter has published numerous collections, including Sustainable Learning Spaces, The Routledge Reader on Writing Centers and New Media, Writing Studio Pedagogy, Studio-Based Approaches for Multimodal Composition, and Engaging Millennial Faculty. He has served as President of the Southeastern Writing Center Association and Chair of the National Association of Communication Centers and also co-chaired the International Writing Centers Association Summer Institute and annual conference. As a long-standing member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, he has also served as the chapter’s president and past president. At EKU, Carpenter is a two-time recipient of the Provost’s Distinguished Service Award. In addition, he has received the National Association of Communication Centers Turner Award (2017) and Preston Award for Leadership (2015). As chair of the Southeastern Writing Center Association’s Research & Development Committee, he led efforts to design and implement the nation’s first writing center certification program. His articles have appeared in Computers and Composition, Journal of Learning Spaces, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, Journal on Centers for Teaching and Learning, Journal of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Learning Communities Journal, and the National Teaching and Learning Forum, among others.
Robert Clarke earned his master’s degree in History from the University of Central Florida in 2014, with an emphasis in Public and Digital History. He was awarded the College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in 2014 for his thesis project, “The Spatial Relationship Between Labor, Cultural Migration, and the Development of Folk Music in the American South: A Digital Visualization Project.” Clarke teaches history at UCF and his dissertation project archived the sonic environment and analyzing the relationship between aural cues and representations of place and meaning on campus.
Brandy Dieterle is a Lecturer in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida, where she teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students. Her research and teaching is centered around digital rhetorics and literacies, multimodal composition, and new media studies. She’s especially interested in how these subject areas intersect with identity and gender studies as people engage in self-presentation practices.
Ray is a Lecturer at UCF’s Rosen College, teaching in the Entertainment Management program. His research focuses on the concept of immersion and how it influences participant experiences in entertainment activities such as video games, film/television, virtual reality, and theme parks. Before he began his T&T studies, Ray received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Duke University, follow by a 20-year career in the entertainment industry.
Delia is the Director of CAHSA, the UCF College of Arts & Humanities Student Advising office. She received her M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida in 2001. Delia’s current research interests include literacies of marginalized populations, higher education, and social justice.
Linda received her MS in Library Information Studies from FSU in 2006 and is currently Librarian and Digital Citizenship instructor at Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg, FL. Her research interest is library classification systems as they affect young library users’ sense of self, with special interest in students who belong to marginalized populations. Her recent publications include “Cataloging and Gender Studies.” (Gender Issues and the Library: Case Studies of Innovative Programs and Resources, 2017) and “Lifestream Mobile Application: Navigating Transgender Healthcare in Metropolitan Orlando” (IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, 2015).
Carolyn Glasshoff is a Lecturer teaching technical writing courses for the UCF English Department. Her research interests center on writing in the sciences and public understanding of science, focusing on environmentalist rhetoric and the rhetoric of health and medicine. Her current research focuses on the public rhetoric surrounding vaccination. She received an M.A. from UCF in Composition and Rhetoric, a B.A. from the University of Florida in English with a minor in mathematics, and an A.A. in pre-engineering from Pensacola Junior College.
Erika M. Heredia’s research explores how national identities are expressed in digital environments, with a special interest in narratives that build a sense of community in social media. She believes that the study of technological tools from a critical point of view provides a path toward social justice, the final purpose of all academic intervention in society. Her previous studies include a M.A. in Humanistic Studies (Tec. De Monterrey, Mex. 2014) and a B.A. in Audiovisual Communication (UBP, Arg. 2005). For more information, see www.erikamheredia.com
Amanda is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.
Jasara Hines received her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy from New Mexico State University (2004). That same year she began teaching for Osceola County Public schools, and has been teaching in the public school system since then. In 2008, she completed her M.A. in English Literature at UCF. Her area of focus is the remediation of collective memory, memorials, and other objectives of collective memory, and her recent publications include “Collective Memory in a Prosumer Society” in Hypercultra, Cultural and Institutional Memory as (a) Means of Progress (2016). Her dissertation won the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the college of Arts and Sciences. She has been researching and creating professional development opportunities for teachers centered around technology integration in the classroom. She is currently a teacher and program coordinator at Thornwood High School in South Holland, IL.
Kenton Taylor Howard
MA in English with an emphasis on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Florida Atlantic University, 2012
Taylor studies video games, digital media, Writing Across the Curriculum, and critical theory. He is particularly interested in scholarship that explores connections between these areas and teaching and tries to put them into practice while teaching courses as a full-time instructor in Games and Interactive Media at UCF.
Emily K. Johnson
Emily is an Assistant Professor in Games and Interactive Media at the University of Central Florida. She conducts research focusing on educational technology, learning games, playful/gameful learning, simulations and learning, self-regulated learning, learner motivation, and self-efficacy. Prior to this position, she served as Postdoctoral Research Associate and Coordinator of the Games Research Lab at UCF where she collaborated with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of disciplines to plan, fund, conduct, and publish a wide range of games-related research. Emily earned her Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida in 2015 after teaching middle school Language Arts for eight years. She earned her M.A. in Reading Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and her BA in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
L. Corinne Jones
L. Corinne Jones specialized in Rhetoric and Composition and she studies digital rhetoric and circulation studies. She is particularly interested using queer and intersectional feminist methodologies and methods toe thically study discourses on social media platforms and the Internet more broadly. She also has taught first year composition (ENC 1101), first year research writing (ENC 1102), writing for the technical professional (ENC 3241),and legal grammar.
Valerie Kasper is an Assistant Professor in Language Studies and the Arts at Saint Leo University. Her interests lie at the crossroads of African American literature, journalism, and history. She is particularly fond of Hurston and Morrison and their use of men in their stories, and how the legacy of slavery and its lingering effects are passed down through these men. Dr. Kasper also has many journalistic interests, and for the past six years, she has been researching African American newspapers, focusing on the first African American newspaper, Freedom’s Journal. She’s used data mining tools within the digital humanities (geolocation and topic modeling) to research how the first African American newspaper used its rhetorical power to battle the inequalities of the 19th century.
Mark received his M.A. in English from the University of Wyoming in 2010, and joined the T&T program in 2014. Mark’s current research emphasizes games studies, particularly the intersections exploring the symbiotic relationship between gamers and designers. He studies perceptions of agency and control in video games, the commodification of video game mods, and the roles video game genres play in discussions about gamer culture, gamer perceptions of control, philosophy, and marketability.
I am currently an Associate Instructor and Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator in the Writing and Rhetoric department at UCF where I’ve been teaching writing and rhetoric courses for the past 14 years. I primarily teach digital and multimedia writing courses and train faculty across disciplines in writing theory and pedagogy. My digital rhetoric research is particularly interested in how we make meaning in digital writing environments and from digital media, such as how misinformation and fake news are constructed in digital writing environments and how to use rhetorical literacies to combat misinformation. Recent publications include “Using Structure and Form as a Rhetorical Frame for Multimodal Composing” (Journal of Multimodal Rhetoric, 2018) Website: https://tandtprojects.cah.ucf.edu/~pmartin/DanM/index.html
Marci Altamura Mazzarotto is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business & Digital Media at Georgian Court University, a small liberal arts Catholic university in central New Jersey.
Rudy McDaniel is Director of the School of Visual Arts and Design and Professor of Games and Interactive Media in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida. He previously served as Assistant Dean of Research and Technology for the College of Arts and Humanities from 2011 to 2016. His current research focuses on digital ethics, digital badging, and game-based learning. Rudy is co-author of Understanding Digital Ethics: Cases and Contexts (2020), Designing Effective Digital Badges: Applications for Learning (2019), and The Rhetorical Nature of XML: Constructing Knowledge in Networked Environments (2009). He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, proceedings papers, and book chapters on his research and presented his work at more than 100 conferences and workshops. He is a member of the UCF Scroll and Quill Society and was named Distinguished Senior Research Fellow by the Ministry of Culture in China in 2016. He has also earned significant funding for his college and his field from the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Humanities which has funded student research. He was the first student to defend his dissertation in Texts and Technology and graduated from the program in 2004.
Jennifer Roth Miller, Ph.D., is a faculty member at the University of Central Florida in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media. Jennifer’s work seeks to better understand digital citizenship and social media engagement by exploring the convergence of communication, technology, philanthropy, and education in socially constructing collective views and actions for social justice. Jennifer’s work has been published in journals such as Xchanges and Enculturation: A Journal of Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture. She is also a co-author of two book chapters in edited collections; one published by Routledge and the other published by University Press of Colorado.
David Thomas Moran’s (MFA – Emerging Media, UCF 2014) research develops an integrated data justice-transit justice methodology that analyzes inequalities embedded in public transit schedule data (General Transit Feed Specification). He has spent over a decade spanning the non-profit, government and private sectors in transmedia production and storytelling, art as social practice, community engagement, urban studies and social entrepreneurship. In 2013, David co-founded a public art collective called the Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP) with Orlando-based art curator Patrick Greene, and building from TrIP co-founded Omnimodal, a transportation tech company, with Orlando-based artist and software programmer Nathan Selikoff in 2017.
David Morton was a 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar, where he conducted research on American distributors in Belgium during the interwar period at the Ghent University’s Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS). He is program director for the Flickering Landscapes Conference Series, which will host The Image of Migration at the UCF Center for Emerging Media in March, 2019. David’s dissertation is Motion Pictures at a Great Savings: The State of Florida and the Motion Picture Industry, 1908-2018.
Irene writes fantasy and light science fiction for adults, young adults, and children. Her work spans novels, plays, transmedia events, and more. Most of her work focuses on internal conflicts told through speculative metaphors: From Light to Dark is a high fantasy that features a Romeo and Juliet theme. In it, two teens from opposing worlds come together to resolve the conflicts of their ancestors. For the release of that novel, Irene also wrote and produced a transmedia event called Creepy Luny Inn’s Radio Adventure Show, aka Myth of the Seeker. This was an interactive radio drama and treasure hunt that allowed listeners to vote on the outcome of each episode. For the most part, Irene writes what she likes to read, which are character-driven stories of alternate realities. She likes to throw her characters into alternate worlds to see how they live their “normal” lives in the midst of magical or technological changes.
Sara is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication at the University of Central Florida.
Josh completed his M.A. in Rhetoric & Composition at UCF in 2012. He works in the Office of Research at the UCF main campus. His research interests include technical communication, collaborative writing, and technology-supported collaboration.
Nathan is interested in film, animation, video games, and spectator theory. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Bristol in the UK, earning a M.A. in Cinema Studies.
Emily received her M.A. in American Studies at the University of Alabama in 2016. Currently, her research interests includes using subcultural studies to examine how YouTube audiences use the platform to develop online communities. Her research focuses on the various strategies YouTube creators use to balance economic motivations and still maintain a sense of community on their channels. She is also interested in how users and the YouTube company describe the platform as democratic and how this relates to historical representations of democracy and technology.
Patricia’s dissertation, “Discursive Trick Effects: How Raced and Gendered Semiotics in Industry Media Undermine Equal Representation in the Cybersecurity Workforce,” builds on the critical theory of Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes to examine how the discursive digital archives produced by industry media represent their workforce. Her approach theorizes that the semiotics of image connotation are importantly compounded in digital archives, exacerbating existing problems of just representation of gender and race. Each chapter is focused on a contemporary discursive archive and intervenes through critical counter-narrative engagement with critical social theorists and historians. These discursive archives are important examples of how cybersecurity industry media is mediating conversations surrounding equal representation in technology fields. This work has implications for how we think about and engage industry media across fields. Patricia holds a Bachelor’s in language and culture and a Master’s in American literature from the University of New Orleans as well as a Gender Studies certificate and PhD from the University of Central Florida.
Amy VanSchaik has 15+ years of experience in design, web development, information architecture, user research, and UX engineering. She received a B.A. in Digital Arts from Stetson University in 2002, and an M.A. in Digital Media: Visual Language and Interactive Media from the University of Central Florida in 2008. Her research interests are in tangible technologies, games and play, computational crafting, experiential learning, and the creative process. She was recently accepted into the Designing for Digital Conference in Austin, Texas to present her user research methods in gathering feedback from both employees and customers with a website redesign. Website: www.amyvanschaik.com
Rachel graduated with her M.A. in English from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015 where she focused on learning space design and Writing Studio Pedagogy. Her interests include multimodal writing studio studies and digital media as political and social activism. Her dissertation research focused on the creation of memes about political candidates as a form of fan activity that constitutes political participation. Rachel’s portfolio can be viewed here.
Aaron Zwintscher’s book has been published by Punctum Books. Noise Thinks the Anthropocene is a textual experiment in noise poetics that began as his doctoral dissertation in T&T. As Aaron notes, “noise poetics is the use of noise to explain, elucidate, and evoke (akin to other poetic forms) within the textual milieu in a manner that seeks to be less determinate and more improvisational than conventional writing.” Serving as an adjunct professor in NYC, Aaron puts his multimedia remix(ed) theories to work.